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hoovco 11-05-2012 11:03 PM

220 Swift Anyone?
I'm thinking my next rifle is going to be chambered in 220 swift. Anybody have a rifle in this caliber? How do you like it?

racer_x 11-05-2012 11:22 PM

Wish i did an a 257 roberts like a win feather light bolt lol pawn got it

cbibb 11-06-2012 01:02 AM

I have one I acquired from a gun shop savage 112 It cam from an old p-dog hunter bedded ,floated and a good trigger job under one pound 36gr varget and 52gr sierra hpbt its a laser beam 3800fps less 1/2 inch drop from 100 to 200yd lots of shots through the barrel and no lose of accuracy. Its a very good round

Jim1611 11-06-2012 01:09 AM

I've never owned one but all of my shooting friends that have them love them. A bit touchy if you reload, be careful with the cases. Another great round is the 22-250 Ackley Improved. Pretty much an equal to the Swift. So many choices!! So hard to make!

Pasquanel 11-06-2012 01:13 AM

22-250 is IMO a better choice these days. I owned and reloaded the 220 years ago and it uses a lot of powder to do what it does.

racer_x 11-06-2012 01:21 AM

Ive realy been thinking about that 22-250 for a deer rifle

lefty2 11-06-2012 01:44 AM

Go for the 22-250 it will do just about anything 220 swift will it's right on it's heels, used to do alot of chuck hunting up state NY and it was one good round easy to reload, good on case life and if you don't load it hot the barrel will last you a life time. Have a Savage 112v l bough in 1976 and still a tack drive. Took it to the range after 15 years.

hoovco 11-06-2012 02:31 AM

I was thinking 220, 204 Ruger, or 223 WSSM. I'll check out those other rounds though.

Axxe55 11-06-2012 02:59 AM


Originally Posted by hoovco (Post 1003519)
I was thinking 220, 204 Ruger, or 223 WSSM. I'll check out those other rounds though.

i have owned several over the years and really enjoyed shooting them. they are a blast to shoot, recoil is mild and they are super fast and accurate. but given that, i would probably suggest the 22-250 as well, simply if you reload, they will get almost as fast, very close in accuracy and use quite a bit less powder to acheive near to the results of the 220 swift. if you don't reload, ammo will be easier to find for the 22-250 and cheaper. barrel life is better with the 22-250 vs. the 220 swift as well, because not near the powder is burned in getting near the same results. as long as you know this and still want the 220 swift, then find one and enjoy it.

i have a 204 ruger and it's a fun cartridge to shoot as well. fast and very accurate. recoil is gentle. reloads easily as well. powder goes a long ways with this small case as well! try it out.

nitestalker 11-06-2012 03:49 AM

I have been shooting the .220 Swift for over 50 years. My uncles had Swifts from the get go. The Swift is the super .22 for hand loaders. The Swift is a larger engine than the .22-250 period. I have a sporter weight and HBs in the .220 Swift caliber.

I use them for praire dogs and rock chucks. I also load the 60 and 70 gr. bullets for long range coyote and wolf loads. The .22-250 can not handle the big bullets like a Swift. If you are going to shoot the lighter bullets below 55 grs. the .22-250 is OK. If you want an all round kick a$$ super .22 get a Swift.:D

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